Where biology and engineering meet: let's puzzle out what the function is for some of our specimens! QUIZ SHOW! Read more about What the Function? with Smarter Every Day!
The answer to the ever-burning question: why do we need so many dead things? Read more about Where'd you get all those dead animals?
Contrary to the image of mummies portrayed by the popular Scooby-Doo cartoon, mummies are not monsters, capable of smashing through walls; in fact, most mummies are too fragile even to stand on end. Egyptian mummies are embalmed lying on their back, and so fit easily into a medical CT scanner, which looks a bit like a spaceship with a table for the patient that slides through a hole in the middle of the machine. Peruvian mummies are a different story, though, since they were buried crouching – the larger examples won’t fit through the hole. Read more about Mummies and Cheetahs, in 3D!